Nikon Zf VS Fuji X-Pro 2, early review



  1. Retro style design
  2. Great image quality
  3. Fast!
  4. Beautiful colors
  5. Good in low light
  6. Robust body
  7. Plenty of customization via Picture Control


  1. Lack of OVF
  2. The handling can be a problem when paired with long lenses (needs a grip)
  3. Lack of aperture ring on Nikon’s native lenses

A few days ago, I received the new Nikon ZF.
When I opened the box and held the camera for the first time, my reaction wasn’t exactly what I had imagined.
I didn’t find anything particularly off with the camera. The weight was what I had expected. But the dials felt a little odd at the touch, and the D-pad too.
And then I remembered on some YT video someone talking about a plasticky feel of the dials.

I put that thought aside, and started charging the battery, as what I only wanted to do, of course, was to test the camera.
I’ll come back to the plasticky feeling later.

It’s my first Nikon, and yet the menu, the setup, everything fell into place.

Before I proceed, a few caveats.

  • I will compare the ZF to the X-Pro2. It’s not a fair comparison. There’s a seven-year gap between the two cameras. But for me, it matters because the X-Pro2 has been the paradigm. Can the experience get better? If so, in which way?
  • This review is from a street photographer’s point of view. Mileage may vary depending on the genre you shoot.
  • I’ll do my best with the details, but I’m not a technical person.
  • If you’re are Fuji shooter thinking of switching, make sure you check the camera in a store. It’s crucial to get an idea of how a new camera feels while holding it.

Handling: I’m only using the camera strap, I’m not adding a grip. I use CV wide-angle lenses, and the combo is just perfect as is. Since the camera is always hanging from my shoulder, as I did with my X-Pro2 as well, the strap is all that’s needed for this camera. Its grip is good enough when using small lenses. The complaints you hear about the grip make sense when the camera is coupled with a long lens. But this camera is not a Z8 or Z9. It’s aimed at everyday situations, like street photographers.

Dials, and buttons layout: it’s all easily reachable. The distance and position of the buttons make sense and become natural rather quickly. Reaching for the “i” button is a better experience than dealing with the “q” button on the X-Pro 2.
The exposure compensation dial is where an X-Pro 2 user would expect to find it. The similarities don’t end here: if you move the dial to C, you can then control the exposure compensation by the main command dial located on the rear of the camera (on the X-Pro 2, one would use the front command dial).

Colours: gorgeous. I find the colours from the Nikon to look very natural. The warm is never overdone; the skin doesn’t look artificial or too perfect for lack of a better term — I’m thinking of Canon and the way, to me, its skin colours look lacquered. The monochrome is astounding.

Metering: On several occasions, I struggled to get a good measurement with the X-Pro2. Especially here in LA, with the harsh light conditions, it’s indeed been challenging. After a first run, the ZF didn’t disappoint. I pointed the camera directly toward the brightest area, with the sun peeking right behind some trees while shooting some figures in the foreground. The exposure was pleasant, with details in the darker parts of the image. With the X-Pro2, I would have expected either the half-bottom to be dark or the half-top. There’s also the highlight weighted-metering which I haven’t tested yet.

EVF: big, bright, sharp.

LCD: Nikon did the right thing by adding a fully articulated LCD to the ZF. I keep it closed, which adds the perfect touch to the manual street shooter experience. I didn’t use the LCD on my X-Pro2, but I like the ZF occluded LCD even better. Less risk of accidental scratches. I will test it more thoroughly when I’ll shoot some video.

Overall Speed: this camera is fast. Gone are the days when I could miss the shot because the X-Pro2 was on power save mode, or I was turning it on, and it needed time to be responsive. The ZF is snappy.

Low-light: maybe this is not news for full-frame shooters, but to me, the fact that I can push the ISO this much is a step up. At 12,800 ISO the images look just fine and are usable. I will do further testing in this regard.

Lenses: to my knowledge, there are only two lenses on the market that match the ZF retro style at the moment. The 40mm f/2 SE, and the 28mm f/2.8 SE. This can be a limit for someone. Furthermore, it seems the two lenses available aren’t on par with the build construction of the ZF. But considering the extensive production of lenses when it comes to Nikon, I would expect more in the line of the two aforementioned SE lenses soon or later next year. For me, this is not an issue as I shoot manually all the time with Voigtländer lenses.
As for the argument that Fuji lenses are more retro than Nikon’s, most Fuji lenses use focus by wire. They indeed have the aperture ring, but other than that, when it comes to focusing, you still need to rely on the auto-focus capacity of the camera. This has been quite a cons for me. I didn’t take this aspect into account when I bought the 23mm and the 35mm WR f/2. When I realized AF wasn’t the way to go on the X-Pro 2, I put those lenses into a camera bag and they rarely saw the light again.

Picture Control: and I thought film simulation was only part of the Fujifilm realm. Picture control on Nikon is equally great. I actually think that potentially it has more use. Here’s why. On Fuji, film simulations are tied to a line of cameras (due to the processor). Also, creating them on your computer, although possible, is a little more cumbersome. To copy the simulation to your camera, you have to connect the camera to the computer. And with an older Fuji camera, this is not possible. You have to set the simulation manually on the camera. On Nikon you can save the picture control to an SD card, then copy it directly from the camera. Theoretically, one could skip using the software altogether, and just use this Nikon Picture Control Editor
On a side note: I read that on Fujifilm cameras, Clarity affects the performance. I couldn’t check this as on the X-Pro 2, Clarity isn’t available. On the ZF, not only do you have a Clarity option while retaining the same performance, but the fan part is that you can also pick one of the presets, and tone down the opacity. It’s like having an adjustment layer in Photoshop, and deciding how much the adjustment will affect the layer underneath.

Auto-focus: since I’m using manual lenses, I couldn’t test it. From what I’ve seen on the videos around, it seems to be fast and accurate. The funny thing is, I started using manual lenses because on the X-Pro 2, the auto-focus was sometimes a gamble, and not exactly fast.

Smartphone App: the Nikon app just works. (needs more testing)

Video: The video specs are great. The ZF can record 10-bit internally 4:2:2 in N-log. It comes with an 8-stop IBIS.

Monochrome switch: I thought this was going to be a gimmick. I couldn’t have been more wrong. What a neat choice Nikon made here! I find myself switching to monochrome more and more, and the dial makes it a breeze.

How does the ZF differ from other Fuji cameras? So, one could argue why not simply go with a newer Fuji camera if we’re ready to give up on the OVF experience. At the moment, the only “new” camera that still retains some retro style look and setup, is the Fuji X-T5, at least in the higher end of the line.

Nikon Zf Samples

The following images have been edited with NX Studio.

I was surprised by the quality of this software. The interface looks dated, but the controls are there, and there’s a lot to play with to get the desired result.

Nikon ZF Low Light sample

The streets in LA are barely lit. When walking down a street, it’s not uncommon to see people using their phones’ flashlights to better see where they’re going.
Here’s an example below on the left. This is straight out of the camera at ISO 64000:

As you can notice, with the camera default settings, the image tends to be overly bright. That’s not how the street looked.
So, I took the RAW in NX Studio, and to my surprise, there was plenty of information to recover. Hint: Nikon’s D-Lighting can be useful.
Edited version on the right:

And here’s a 100% crop:

Nx Studio Interface.

It’s worth noting that when the default settings are tweaked, it’s possible to save the settings as a new Picture Control.
At that point, the new Picture Control can be exported and copied to an SD card. When the SD card is inserted into the camera, it can be stored internally to be used as a new Picture Control.

The steps are easy:

  1. On the SD card, create a folder called NIKON (all caps)
  2. Inside the folder just created, create another folder called CUSTOMPC (with no spaces)
  3. Finally, copy the presets exported from NX Studio (or from Picture Control Utility) to the CUSTOMPC folder on the SD Card
  4. From the menu of your camera, you can now choose to save the custom preset locally to your camera


To be honest, the X-T5 build quality is a little disappointing. Not only the body is prone to scratches, but also when I tested the camera it felt oddly light.

The ZF has a retro-style design, but it also feels sturdy. Going back to the comparison with the X-Pro 2, the striking difference will always be the presence of the EVF instead of an OVF. That’s what the final buyer will have to deal with and decide whether the EVF will be enough.

And finally, let’s go back to the plasticky feeling of the dials. They did feel somehow different from the X-Pro2 , but there’s also quite some friction to them. Then, while using the camera in the field, I realized the feeling and the friction were just fine. I found the friction to be right. Less chance of turning the dial too much to the right or left. So, what’s the deal with the dials?

On my X-Pro2 I ended up adding gaffer tape to the exposure compensation dial and the diopter. They always turned one way or another, messing up my settings. And yet, even the tape hasn’t proved to be a definitive solution. They still move, sometimes when I take the camera out of my bag or while handling it. This is nothing new. X-Pro2 users are aware of this problem.

The ZF is built to feel more like a rugged camera. The dials stay in place. Not only the plasticky feel doesn’t bother me, but it also gives me peace of mind, as I know the knobs won’t go off unexpectedly.

What do I miss about my X-Pro2?

In one word, OVF.

So, how big of a deal is the EVF?

Time will tell. I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro 2 for six years, always using the OVF. Of course, it’s a different experience than using the EVF. Also, the setup of the X-Pro 2 with the OVF on the left side it’s something I like a lot.

I never thought I’d use a camera with an EVF, let alone positioned in the center. But so far it’s working just fine.
One thing occurred to me though. As I mentioned before, one issue with the X-Pro 2 is the power management. The camera would go into a suspended mode if not used for some minutes. The problem is that getting the camera back to operational is not as instantaneous as one would think, which could be an issue if I decide to take the shot but the camera is not ready.

With the OVF, this issue is potentially emphasized as there’s no clear indication whether the camera is ready or not. When using an EVF, if what you see is pitch black, it means the camera needs to be woken up, and in the case of the ZF, it only takes a flick.

One more note about the OVF (and I know already Fuji aficionados will hate me for this).
I can’t stress enough how much I love the OVF experience. But let’s be honest, the rangefinder experience on the X-Pro line despite being the closest thing to a Leica we have on the market, it’s not the same thing.

Fujifilm did something smart when implemented the ERF, but in reality, I’ve never been comfortable using it. Unless you’re shooting something else than street photography, it’s just distracting, plain and simple. You can either look at the OVF, or the ERF. The moment you want to make sure you have the subject in focus by peeking at the ERF, you miss the shot. This is not how Leica cameras work.
That’s only part of the problem. Leica is notorious for its minimalism, something no other camera on the market can compete with.
At the end of the day, the X-Pro line, with all its glorious pros, is not the Leica experience we wish it were. It’s something else. Great? Sure, but not a Leica though.

So, there. I love it, but it’s always been a compromise. And at this point, it comes down to what compromise I can live with. The EVF on the ZF seems to be good enough of a compromise as well.

A word on the Nikon experience, and final consideration.

I’m new to Nikon. I don’t know how they handle their customers in terms of requests, support, and communication.

My first taste of Nikon customer support was my very recent experience with dust on the sensor of the ZF.
Of course, despite being always extremely cautious, the moment I mounted my Voigtländer one speck of dust found its way to the sensor (when I think of those Youtubers mounting lenses outdoors in plain daylight, with the camera facing up!)

I never thought I’d need to check the manual to clean a mirrorless camera sensor. I did what I always do. With my sensor cleaning kit at hand, and the camera switched off, I performed the cleaning. The dust was gone, and the camera was back in business.

Then, on second thoughts, I asked on a forum if by chance the ZF needs a specific procedure when cleaning the sensor. The can of worms opened, and I wasn’t ready for it.

“The IBIS doesn’t lock off when the camera shuts down”, “there’s to dust protector shield”, and “the camera needs to be ON when cleaning the sensor”.
But the one that made me nervous was: “In the manual, they explicitly state that the only way to clean the sensor is with the automatic cleaning the camera performs, and under no circumstances the end-user should touch or wipe the sensor”.

Well, it turns out the automatic cleaning on my model was off by default (go figure).

It’s worth noting that on other Nikon cameras with a similar system, the IBIS automatically locks off when the camera is switched off.

So, I reached out to Nikon technical support. This phone call was very different from the one I had with Fuji technical support. The latter was a pleasant experience, with a technician being very detailed and knowledgeable about the information he was providing. The former felt like I was talking to Bed Bath and Beyond customer support. They couldn’t advise much, and so they wished me a good day.

I then decided to try again, this time via email, hoping that a different department would be involved, and possibly, be in better hands.
“[…] do I need to send the camera to a Nikon support centre for repair every time there’s some dust on the sensor, and the automatic cleaning doesn’t work?”

“Unfortunately, Yes. We can’t advise on any other way, but if what you’ve done is working, proceed with caution.”

“Thanks for confirming. And just to be clear, does the camera need to be on while cleaning the sensor with a cleaning kit?”

“We can not advise on that.”

I find it quite impractical to have to send the camera in for a cleaning.
I understand they want to be cautious about preventing any damage to the camera, but I think in the mirrorless realm, we’re all quite used to doing it, and this approach by Nikon seems a little too stretched.
Furthermore, not telling the customers how to properly perform the sensor cleaning is nothing less than a conundrum. If anything, it can only lead to more damage than expected. It would suffice to know how the ZF sensor cleaning procedure differs from other cameras so that we don’t have to guess.

This dilemma seems to be caused by the presence of the IBIS. Apparently, on the ZF, the IBIS doesn’t lock off when the camera is switched off. Therefore, due to the moveable part, cleaning the sensor on the ZF seems to be a different deal than with other mirrorless cameras. I would have gladly given up on the IBIS altogether if would had meant avoiding this confusion. After all, I’m not planning on shooting video, and without IBIS the camera would cost less, and possibly, be sturdier.

All cameras have pros and cons. As described above, the experience with Nikon support left me with a little bit of a bitter taste.
At some point, I might need their technical support. And perhaps, from a technical standpoint, they might be excellent. But their way of forcing the customer into a Hobson’s choice is something I don’t quite understand, and sows doubt about other policies I might not be aware of yet.

Update: I’ve been in touch with Nikon technical support via email multiple times over the past two months. Their response has always been relatively quick, courteous, and eloquent enough.


12 responses to “Nikon Zf VS Fuji X-Pro 2, early review”

  1. Yogi Mik Avatar
    Yogi Mik

    Thanks for taking your time to write this review, that I find very useful.
    To clarify, does automatic sensor cleaning not exists in this camera at all,.. or, I just have to set it up in settings menu by myself?
    Because, it’s only off by default.
    Another question,… ”IBIS doesn’t lock off when the camera is switched off” … does it means, when you walk around, moving, shaking it, does it make any clicking noise?
    Is it loud, when I reach for camera to take a shot by stealth without drawing unwanted attention from the photographed subject?

    1. Piero Avatar

      Thanks, Yogi Mik

      I should have been more clear about the automatic sensor cleaning.
      It’s definitely present. In the menu, there are two options: you can start the cleaning manually, or have it on when the camera shuts down.
      In my case, the second option was off by default.

      As for the IBIS, you won’t hear anything when you walk with the camera.
      The only thing you might feel while holding the camera, and only if the camera is off, is some subtle movement of the IBIS. But there’s no noise at all, just the sensation that an internal part of the camera is not locked.
      Also, it’s not something you would feel all the time, but only if you’re tilting the camera to some degree.

  2. Bill W. Avatar
    Bill W.

    Nice review, Piero. I came here from the link in the Café site.

    I’ve been using a Nikon Z6 for 4 1/2 years, and before that I used Fuji, including, for a while, an XPro-2. For the past 1 1/2 months, I’ve been using a Zf.

    With regard to sensor cleaning, Nikon’s customer service will never admit that it is possible to clean the sensor other than by using the the automatic sensor cleaning feature in the camera — which doesn’t always work successfully — or by sending the camera in to Nikon. That’s because they don’t want to take responsibility for what their customer might do to the sensor in cleaning it by themselves. But I’ve cleaned foreign matter off the sensor of my Z6 with a sensor cleaning kit successfully, and with no problem, many times when the in-camera cleaning feature and a blower didn’t work. The first time, I was apprehensive, but over time I’ve grown comfortable with doing this, and so far no problems. I haven’t had to clean the sensor of my Zf ye, but when the need arises — and it will arise inevitably — I won’t hesitate to use the sensor cleaning kit.

    1. Piero Avatar

      Thanks, Bill

      Glad to hear that you liked the review.

      What you say about Nikon avoiding responsibility for what the customer does makes perfect sense.
      I guess I should have done my homework about the Zf’s IBIS. If I had known that the camera needed to be on when cleaning the sensor, it would have made me feel more relaxed afterward. That said, the camera is totally fine, and I’m truly enjoying it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Bill Walderman Avatar
    Bill Walderman

    In your review, you mention that Nikion customer service insisted that you can’t clean the sensor other than by using the the automatic sensor cleaning feature in the camera — which doesn’t always work successfully — or by sending the camera in to Nikon. That’s because they don’t want to take responsibility for what their customer might do to the sensor in cleaning it by themselves.

    But I’ve cleaned foreign matter off the sensor of my Z6 with a sensor cleaning kit successfully, and with no problem, many times when the in-camera cleaning feature and a blower didn’t work. The first time, I was apprehensive, but over time I’ve grown comfortable with doing this, and so far no problems. I haven’t had to clean the sensor of my Zf yet, but when the need arises — and it will arise inevitably — I won’t hesitate to use a sensor cleaning kit.

  4. Matt Lit Avatar
    Matt Lit

    I found my way here in the process of finding resolve.

    My beloved Fuji X-Pro 2 is aging. I absolutely do not want the Pro 3 version and feel that Fuji’s handling of the LCD on that model was ridiculous and poorly executed. So, here I am considering finding a used, low-shutter-count Pro 2 and invest into 8-year-old technology…or…leave the OVF, rangefinder, “Poor Man’s Leica” experience and go with the Zf.

    I’m a professional photographer. I’ve been a Nikon shooter since switching from Olympus in the late 80s. I’ve shot everything from my ’67 Ftn to the F4 to the F100. Through all of it the FM2n was truly my favorite for its simplicity, super bright viewfinder and compactness. (well, okay…they each had their own unique, wonderful Nikon feel).

    So, the idea of the Zf is particularly appealing. And here’s what’s most appealing that I would love your feedback on please:

    • Manual focus of my Fuji lenses is worthless, impossible (as you have noted).
    • AF under low light is impossible…especially with the Fuji 56mm f1.2…and let’s face it…that’s kind of a prerequisite of a lens that fast!
    I bought the fast glass specifically for the low-light photography I do. It’s impossible to manually focus and simply sucks at trying to acquire AF (single servo mode). When it’s on it’s tack sharp…but too many moments are missed while it struggles to attain focus.

    On my Nikon pro bodies (D750) I can much more easily manually focus…old-school like my early photojournalism days. I even recently bought a 55mm f1.2 AI-S lens for this reason. This was never possible on the Fuji X-Pro 2.

    What I’d love to hear from you on:

    • Is the ability to manually focus the Zf with Voigtländer lenses more likely the experience I am looking for? (I agree that Nikon’s ‘retro’ lenses for this body are quite lame, plasticky, poor excuses for a lens appealing to the hipster market)
    • Did you find a big difference in the fact that the Zf is slightly larger than the Pro 2? (I love how small my Pro 2 with the 23mm lens is for every day carry).

    Sure hope to hear back from you on these points. Your review suits my style. I’ve never been a tech-head (now pixel peeper) photographer. I’m just a life-long photojournalist who doesn’t suffer from the latest trendy gear syndrome.

    Matt in Colorado

    1. Piero Avatar

      Hi, Matt,

      Thanks for taking the time to read the review.
      I agree, if zone focusing is not an option, or if one is shooting in low light, manual focusing on the X-Pro 2 isn’t easy.
      The Zf is my first Nikon ever, and I see you know the Nikon system better than me, which I guess should make the transition easier for you.

      As for your questions, I’ll try to answer the best I can.
      First off, about manual focusing, I use zone focusing 99% of the time, therefore, I rarely deal with shallow depth of field.
      My lenses of choice are Voigtlander, with the 35mm being the “longest”, and 28mm being the default lens I use now all the time.
      As you can imagine, by using wide-angle lenses, especially the 28mm, and working with zone focusing, everything is pretty much in focus, or at least in focus enough for my needs. Plus, the focusing tab helps a lot once one builds some muscle memory.

      With that said, I found one feature on the Zf particularly handy to use, which is subject detection. On top of that, I assigned the zoom-in function to the OK button. This setup makes it extremely fast to check the focus.
      On the Zf, there’s a default button assigned to check the focus area, but mapping it to the OK button does make it faster (the default button forces you to zoom in twice, which is a waste of time).

      The few times I shot wide open I was able to nail focus even with the Voigtlander 35mm at f/1.4. Mind you, this CV I own doesn’t have electronic contacts, which means I’m more limited compared to those who own lenses with electronic contacts. In that case, I read that shooting manually on the Zf is even easier thanks to focus confirmation. I can’t comment on that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case.
      Then, of course, there’s the focus peaking, but I’ve never been fond of it, so I pretty much keep it off.

      As for the weight, this might be a tricky matter, as weight is something that each one perceives differently. Before buying the Zf I heard many YouTubers complaining about how hefty the Zf felt.
      Not only for me this is not a problem, but I prefer it this way. I like the feeling of a sturdy camera. More importantly, the dials are more tactical than on the X-Pro 2, which finally gets rid of the accidental shift of the knobs I had on the Fuji every time I was taking the camera out of the bag.
      Also, I never carry the camera without my camera bag, so if you’re the type of guy who likes to keep the camera in your pocket, with the Zf that’s not going to work.
      But when I’m out shooting, having the camera hanging from my shoulder all day long doesn’t bother me at all.

      One caveat though is the grip. Since the CVs I use are tiny, I don’t need a hand grip. With bigger lenses that might be something to consider.

      I hope that helps.

      1. fotomatt Avatar

        Thanks Piero, I found myself rereading your review since it’s coming from the (unsponsored) perspective of a street photographer so I’m able to relate as working photojournalist. I’m having pretty big reservations about moving to the Zf with some of the customer service issues and sensor issues you mention. Thinking now (check back in an hour…ha ha ha) of staying with Fuji and seeing how the Zf ultimately shakes out for these potential problems.

        1. Piero Avatar

          Makes sense. I can understand the doubts about Nikon’s customer support. A few days ago, I updated the page to add that their responses via email have been great.

          In hindsight, I might have overreacted about the sensor cleaning issue, but with a new camera, it’s normal to be protective sometimes.
          What I can say is that I’m not going back. The more I use the Zf, the more I find it fun. It’s a very enjoyable experience.

          With nowadays technology it’s hard to pick the wrong camera. If you stay with Fuji, you’ll have at your disposal a great system—I still have my X-Pro 2 🙂

  5. Daniel Avatar

    Hey Piero, Thank You for your very helpful and detailed review. Hope you don’t mind If I trouble you with a question or two?
    I used to own an XT-1 way wack as well as an X100F. Now I am using the Origoial X100. However, whilst I was fine using it for travel, street and the occasional landscape shot, I find the sluggish auto-focus and the mediacre implementaion of manual focus letting me down quite often when trying to shoot my one year old son.
    Neither X100VI or VI nor X-pro 3 had been available here in New Zealand for years. Same for Second hand X-pro2s or older X100s… at least at reasonable price points..
    Now considering giving up Fuji altogether, albait few concerns remain.
    -After a few months of shooting, how do find the Nikon equivalent of Film Simulations? Do you find it as smooth as with Fuji, whats better, whats worth?
    – Do you it’s reasonable to use the XF an X100 supplement with a 35mm lens?
    Thank You in Advance!

    1. Piero Avatar

      Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for reading my review.

      Maybe you’re aware already of the Nikonpc website, which contains a repository of several recipes for Nikon cameras, some are great.
      Adding a new recipe to the Zf is easier than on a Fuji, as you only need to copy the file to the SD card, and from there to the camera.

      But with the Zf, my workflow has changed. I thought I wouldn’t go that route, but here I am.
      When I used the X-Pro 2, I simply tweaked the film sim to my taste and shot JPG. Of course, there are occasions when there isn’t much one can recover from that type of file.
      The Raw file I get from the Zf is only a few megapixels larger than the JPG from the X-Pro, so I tried sticking to Raw for a while.
      Then, out of curiosity, I tried NX Studio. Working the Zf Raw files in NX is simply the best solution I could hope for. You can load new recipes, tweak them, create new solutions and save them as your custom simulations to copy to the camera.
      You can even layer what they call Creative Picture Control, and tweak the layer intensity over the base profile.

      With Fuji film simulations, I realized I was locked into one particular look which was supposed to resemble what originally was meant for a specific use.
      This caused problems, as sometimes the color didn’t look right for the situation.
      Sure, one can always switch to a different film sim, but unless you change the ones that come with the camera via the functions buttons, picking a customized simulation is not as quick, as you need to go through the Q menu.

      But the real deal for me is this: I noticed that I’m not chasing film simulations anymore. The colors are so good that I barely need to do anything in post. I ended up tweaking two of the built-in recipes, one for monochrome, and one for color, and now I use those all the time.

      I might prep a basic example of different looks based on the film simulations available, if that helps, only I’m not sure when I can do that due to limited time.

      One last thing: I guess high ISO can also be beneficial if you’re shooting indoors. Something I learned to appreciate with a full-frame camera.

      P.S. I’m not quite sure to understand your second question, sorry. Could you elaborate?

  6. Stavros Avatar

    I am also a Nikon Zf user. The transition for me was easier as I already had a Z6 – now gone and Zfc. I can say that I love the looks (I got a grey Zf) and the usability of camera. Even I alrady have plenty Z AF lenses (both 24-70, 14-30, 28SE, 35mm, 50mm, 50 macro, 85 to name a few) a lately got a 35 2.5 Voigtlander Color Skopar (that I got it quite cheap) and I am waiting the next days to receive my native 40mm 1.2 Voigtlander (actually, ordered it 4 months ago, but now finally is on the post). I love the AF on this camera, but I also love the zone focusing with the 35mm – it is a pity that you can not using zone focusing with modern lenses – except the bulky 24-70 2.8 you do not get the info of the distance to understand what is on AF or not.
    I have 2 different set of options for using AF and MF lenses. I save the settings of AF on the micro SD card and the settings of MF on the SD card (actually, in order to load the microSD settings, you have to pull the SD card off there is no option to choose which card you want to use). So, if I want to change lesnes, I usually change the settings respectively. While for AF lenses I use back focus button (AE-L/AF-L on Zf), for Manual Focus Lenses I use it as a 200% zoom, in order to nail the photos. I find it much faster than the ok button.

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